Arbor Day is April 24, 2020. The trees had been ordered for the Annual Arbor Day Tree Giveaway. However, due to COVID-19, the order was canceled and the Arbor Day Tree Giveaway will not happen this year. The Arbor Day Tree Giveaway was sponsored by the Rice County Forestry Committee, Rice County Master Gardeners and KDHL.

The Rice County Forestry Committee owns a tree planter that is rented to landowners for planting windbreaks. A number of years ago there were excess dollars in the fund for repairing or replacing the tree planter. The Forestry Committee decided to use the excess funds to purchase and giveaway trees on Arbor Day.

The University of Minnesota Rice County Master Gardeners joined in to be at the tree giveaways to provide instructions on how to plant and care for the tree seedlings. KDHL got involved to get locations around Rice County and publicize the giveaway. There are plans for having the Arbor Day Tree Giveaway next year!